Calligraphic Composition

ink and gold on paper; mounted on board within borders of gold-sprinkled tinted paper

written in naskh script

13.1 x 8.8cm (text panel)

The composition takes on the Ninety-Nine Names of God (al-Asma’ al-Husna) and turns them into a complex pattern, in which the names are paired off on the basis of letter forms held in common and arrange reciprocally. The colophon is incorporated into the design.

N.F. Safwat, The Art of the Pen. Calligraphy of the 14th to 20th Centuries, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume V, London 1996, cat.167, pp.221 and 223.